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Carlos Nunez


Carlos Núñez comes from Galicia, the Celtic region in the North West of Spain. He is considered one of the biggest artists in the World and Celtic music scene, having the quality of a classical music virtuoso and the charisma of a rock star. Carlos has expanded the borders of Celtic music to flamenco, fado, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian, or classical music, movie soundtracks, and contemporary dance. As he describes it, he plays Celtic music with Latin passion. Sony Music (formerly BMG) has released his 10 albums to date, which have sold 1 million copies since his debut in 1996, accumulating several platinum and gold CDs and DVDs, as well as two Latin Grammy nominations. The album Santiago, for which he became honorary member of The Chieftains, received a Grammy in 1997. Carlos Núñez now prepares his comeback to the U.S., where he performed hundreds of shows in the early ‘90s, either with The Chieftains, or with his own band. Since his last U.S. release and tour over 10 years ago, he has concentrated in Europe, Latin America, and Japan, territories in which he is considered on the top of his genre, performing an average of 100 dates per year. Fall 2012 marked the release of Discover, his greatest-hits, double CD collection on Sony Masterworks, and includes some of his collaborations with artists like The Chieftains, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, and many more. Its popularity brought Carlos’ long-awaited return to North America. Major touring ensued in fall 2012 and again summer 2013 with a new band line-up featuring his brother. Núñez and company returned to 30 North American cities in February and March 2014 with a new album, Inter-Celtic, that features music and artists from the different Celtic countries, such as The Chieftains or Altan from Ireland, Alan Stivell, but also Ry Cooder.

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Video 8/19/2014: Carlos Nunez

The Galician multi-instrumentalist and world-famous gaita (bagpipe) player plays expressive Celtic traditional music.

Carlos Núñez